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Nobody likes the idea of having teeth pulled. They worry about the pain they may experience, the look of the missing tooth or teeth and not knowing what can be done to improve the situation. Here, you'll find some information that will help put you at ease about your upcoming tooth extraction and replacement treatment options.
The Concern of Pain
The truth is, for most people, the pain that comes with having a tooth removed is less than the pain that they were experiencing from the decaying, possibly infected tooth. The first couple of days, are the worst, but with some pain relieving medication and an ice pack, the comfort level can be enhanced. In a week, you'll be able to chew soft foods and live your normal life without feeling much pain — although that occasional jolt when eating something that's beyond your healing level is possible, just watch what you eat and you can avoid that jolt of pain.
The Look of Missing Teeth
A person's appearance plays a big role in how confident they are from day to day. Knowing that having that tooth extracted will leave a gap in your smile can make you put off getting the work done.
The good thing is, you don't have to live with that gap. There are several prosthodontic treatments that will fill that gap and improve your appearance.
The Replacement Treatments
Depending on how many teeth you are having removed, there are different treatment options.
Implants – This is the most expensive option of treatment, but it is also the least inconvenient and longest-lasting fix. Many people go the rest of their lives with the implant in place without any issues.
Bridge – A bridge can be used to fill the gap between two teeth. The bridge can be made to replace several removed teeth. It is removed at night and cleaned.
Partial Implant – Implant posts can be surgically placed in the bones of your mouth. These posts are used to snap the partial in place to avoid slipping and the need to connect to surrounding teeth.
Full Dentures – When all of your teeth need to be removed, full dentures are the most affordable option. Unfortunately, it will take several weeks before your mouth is healed from the extractions before permanent dentures can be made. Then, it can take several weeks from that point to have the denture made.
Talk with a local prosthodontist about the possible solutions to the teeth that you are or will soon be missing.